Spain Leisure Cycling Tour - 'Ronda to Sevilla'
Self-Guided Cycling Tour in Spain
Andalucian White Village Bike Tour
Enjoy a moderate 5-day self-guided bike tour which takes you between two of Andalucia’s most famous and beautiful towns. This tour is a feast of stunning scenery, ancient history and Spanish culture.
You begin in Ronda, set dramatically on a cliff above a deep river gorge which divides the town in two. Then head northwards to Sevilla, a city of stunning architecture, great food and the romance and drama of flamenco. Spend one more day on the bikes, exploring the Roman ruins of Italica, just outside the city. Then enjoy a final day exploring Sevilla on foot - the Alcazar Palace complex, Cathedral, Giralda Tower, narrow streets and atmospheric tapas bars
Your cycling route will take you through the beautiful unspoilt countryside and via small white villages which have barely changed in centuries. It follows a section of the ancient Roman Via Serrana route, dotted with castle remains and churches of Santiago.
Andalucian Leisure Cycling Tour Highlights
♦ Daily routes on quiet roads and easy unsurfaced tracks
♦ Setenil de las Bodegas - village of the cavehouse
♦ Via Verde de la Sierra - disused railway track with tunnels and viaducts
♦ Castillo de Aguzaderas
♦ Italica - Roman amphitheatre
♦ Sevilla - Cathedral, Giralda Tower, Alcazar palace
START: Ronda FINISH: Sevilla
Duration * 8 days 7 nights 5 cycling days Distance 179 km total 36 km daily avg ( max 38km: min 24km ) Grading Moderate - whilst the first two days have some good hills, as you head further north towards Sevilla the terrain becomes less mountainous and the days become easier. This route uses a mix of quiet roads, unsurfaced roads and tracks to keep you away from traffic as far as possible. Availability ** All year round. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. N.B. We recommend avoiding high summer as it gets very hot in Seville but the rest of the year is fabulous. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices. Price *** €995 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) ( €1095 with e-bike )
* Tour duration can be extended by adding rest days along the route; let us know your preferences when you enquire.
** Check out the local annual weather conditions here.
*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices are available upon request.
Arrival in Ronda
Check in to your hotel and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful clifftop town of Ronda. Briefing and bike set-up will take place on your first evening.
Spain Bike Tour Day 1 - Ronda to Olvera
From Ronda, you cycle northwards, past vineyards and olive groves. Lunch in Setenil de las Bodegas, under huge overhanging limestone cliffs. Ancient "cave houses" built into the rock form the basis of many village houses, shops and cafes. Cycle on through limestone gorge and farmland, up into Torre Alhaquime village, with great views across to Olvera's striking skyline of Arab fortress and twin-towered Renaissance church. A final section through the olives brings you to your overnight accommodation in a traditional Andalucian-style hotel.
Spain Bike Tour Day 2 - Olvera to Montellano
Today you ride along the Via Verde de la Sierra, a disused railway line through the mountains and olive groves, with long tunnels (automatic lighting), viaducts and a griffon vulture colony, perched high up on the rocks above the track. Lunch at one of the old station buildings before climbing up into the hills and onto the village of Montellano. Your hotel can recommend dining options in the village.
Spain Bike Tour Day 3 - Montellano to Utrera
Today you join the Via Serrana, one of many Camino de Santiago that criss-cross Spain, linking isolated municipalities and offering resting places and church sanctuaries. From Montellano, this Camino crosses a flat, treeless plain which goes almost all the way to Sevilla. Stop off at the ruins of the Castillo de Aguzaderas, a 14th-century castle which was built to protect a natural water source – invaluable for crops in the long hot, dry summer months. Continue on to the town of Utrera for a visit to the grand Iglesia de Santiago and overnight in an 18th Century palace.
Spain Bike Tour Day 4 - Utrera to Sevilla
From Utrera, your ride is flat for most of today, apart from a short, sharp hill before Alcala and an optional hill-climb up into Alcala town, to the Castillo and church for great views of the surrounding countryside. Then head back down to the river to cross over the “dragon bridge”. Quiet riverside pathways lead you to the outskirts of Sevilla and then a fantastic network of cycleways takes you right to the cathedral at the heart of the city.
Spain Bike Tour Day 5 - Italica circular
A nice easy, short cycling day which takes you on a circuit via the Roman theatre in Santicponce and to the ruins of the Roman city of Italica, the birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Check out well-preserved public buildings, streets and gardens, as well as private villas, many with stunning mosaic floors. Don't miss the stunning oval amphitheatre which could seat 25,000 spectators (in a city of 8,000 inhabitants) and featured as the dragon pit in dramatic scenes of Game of Thrones, Season 7. N.B. Italica is closed on Mondays.
Day 6 - Sightseeing in Sevilla
Historical sights of Sevilla
Take a well-earned rest and enjoy the magnificent city of Sevilla, richly endowed with beautiful and historic sights. The Real Alcazar Moorish palace (another Game of Thrones site), Cathedral and Giralda Tower are must-sees. The Plaza Espana is a beautiful arc of stunning buildings around a bridged canal located within Maria Luisa Park. The Archaeological Museum contains, amongst other artefacts, a number of items removed from the Italica site. For fans of more modern sights, visit the Metropol Parasol (or giant mushrooms), located directly over more Roman remains. And not to mention a myriad of delightful tapas bars, restaurants and shops. You could spend a week in Sevilla and still not exhaust its charms, so your time here is sure to provide a superb finish to your cycling tour.
Day 7 Depart Sevilla
Check out from your hotel and have a safe trip home or to your next destination.
We can provide transfers to your next destination or airports of Sevilla or Malaga. POA
We hope to see you again in the future.
INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
- 7 nights of accommodation on a B&B basis (or self-catering apartment in Sevilla)
- Luggage transfers
- Quality hybrid bike or e-bike
- Optional seat-post rear bag and/or handlebar bag for your daily needs (we recommend travelling light)
- Helmet & water bottle (or bring your own)
- Route GPS (phone App with daily routes, profiles and maps, no Data-usage required) or GPX files
- Annotated route maps
- Briefing Pack incl. tips, advice and day-by-day route notes
- Briefing meeting on arrival
See our suggested KIT LIST for cycle touring in Spain.
WILL I BE FIT ENOUGH?
Our self-guided tours are designed for leisure cyclists rather than cycling experts or people looking for large daily mileage. There are hills throughout the region which will need to be tackled but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly as you get closer to Sevilla when it can be extremely hot in the summer.
Take things at your own pace and anyone who is reasonably fit and happy to be on a bike for 3+ hours a day will enjoy this tour.
Due to Sevilla's specific propensity for high temperatures in the summer months, ensure you have plenty of water with you and we suggest starting soon after 9am and aiming to finish before 2pm. Take things fairly easy even on your sightseeing days.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Your tour goes through a mix of large and small towns and more rural areas, so the accommodation style and standard will vary greatly. In the larger towns, we usually book 4**** or 3*** hotels; outside of these, you will stay in countryside haciendas, boutique B&Bs or traditional-style village hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities. Our selections are based on clean and comfortable accommodation (if sometimes quite simple), friendly owners and staff, a warm welcome, bike storage and sometimes a swimming pool too.
A highlight on this tour is the 18th Century Palacio in Utrera.
In Sevilla, accommodation is either a hotel or self-catering apartment in the city centre, close to the cathedral, main sights, restaurants and tapas bars.
WHERE WILL I BE RIDING?
Our cycling tour routes take you on a scenic journey away from traffic as far as possible. You will cycle mainly on quiet country roads and unsurfaced tracks. Daily distances vary according to the tour you select. We design all our routes so that you will have time after your cycling to relax and enjoy each overnight location.
WILL MY LUGGAGE BE TRANSFERRED?
No need for panniers or trying to pack light and risk leaving important items behind. We transfer your main luggage for you so you just take a few items for each day – water, snacks, sunscreen. We provide an 8-litre capacity rear trunk bag.
HOW WILL I NAVIGATE THE TOUR?
We have 3 options available:
- Ride with a GPS application on your mobile phone. We give free access to the application which can be used in offline mode for each day's ride. The application shows maps and the route in great detail. We also supply quality phone holders on the bike to keep your phone safe.
- Garmin GPS Device supplied by Hike and Bike. This is a simple device which shows a breadcrumb trail for each day's ride. Very reliable and simple to use.
- Upload route files to your own GPS device. We will forward files for each day riding in the format needed for your device.
We also provide a large-scale, annotated map, designed specifically for your tour by Hike and Bike, giving you a perspective of where you are at all times.
- Route Map
Take a look at some alternative cycling tours in Spain:
ANDALUCIA FROM RONDA TO CADIZ CYCLING TOUR
White Villages: Mountains and Coast of Andalucia
5 days cycling A week-long cycling tour from Ronda heading westwards via Arcos de la Frontera and Jerez to finish on the Atlantic coast, in the ancient city of Cadiz
ANDALUCIAN WHITE VILLAGES CYCLING TOUR 'LOW ROAD'
Circular Cycling Tour of Classic Andalucian white villages
5 Days cycling A week-long circular cycling tour that starts and finishes in Ronda, visiting some of the nicest white villages in the Serrania de Ronda and Grazalema Natual Park.